Interstate 81 De-Icer

By: Brianne Carter
By: Brianne Carter

It's a pilot project still in the research phase, but it will help keep you and your family safer this winter.

Developed by Cargill, Safelane is designed to protect bridges and roadways against frost and ice.

Monday Cargill and VDOT met to discuss the project, but the rainy weather stopped them from laying the chemicals on the newly laid surface on two bridges along Interstate 81.

"What is unique about Safelane is the aggregate we use will actually hold and retain the anti-icing chemicals throughout multiple snow or ice events," says Safelane's General Manager, Bob Persichetti

Keeping you safe when driving during the coming winter months.

"It will mean that people traveling on Interstate 81 on these two bridges can rest assured that they will not experience icy conditions on the bridges anywhere near as frequently as they have in the past," says Congressman Bob Goodlatte.

"The whole goal is to make a surface and provide a product that will make the bridges safer to travel over prevent the ice and frost from building as well as the epoxy itself will extend the life of that surface because it keeps the chemicals from actually getting into the surface of the bridge," adds Persichetti.

The group plans to lay the chemicals when the two bridges, one in Harrisonburg at milemarker 239 and the other in Staunton at milemarker 219 have a chance to dry out....

Plenty of time to prepare the surface for winter weather.

The bridges are two of nine projects being conducted in the U.S.

Cargill and VDOT will monitor them over the next two winters.

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